Don't Judge Me

Some people were about to do something very wrong. Someone else went into warn them, risking his own life. Their response? Don't judge me.

Perhaps you know the story. The town of Sodom was wicked and violent. A righteous man named Lot lifted up his voice to heaven in an outcry against them. God decided He had had enough and that the time for judgment had come. But first, he was going to spare Lot and his family.

He sent two messengers in the form of angels to go down to rescue Lot out of the city. And when He did, the men of the city became inflamed toward the heavenly emissaries and wanted to have sex with them. This was wrong on many levels. Lot, being a righteous man, warned them against this evil action. He said,

"No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing."

Some translations say that he begged them not to do it. Lot was trying to protect the guests who had come under his roof, but his admonitions also served as a warning to the suffering that would befall these men if they failed to listen. He issued several warnings to them that what they were attempting to do was very wicked and should not be done. 

Their response?

Don't judge me.

Genesis 19:9 says, 

"Stand back!" they shouted. "This fellow came to town as an outsider, and now he's acting like our judge! We'll treat you far worse than those other men!"  

Does this sound familiar?

Of course it does. 

The job of the church is to teach the Bible and to warn people away from certain destruction. The word of God will always bring conviction and there are those who do not like that. When they respond, 'don't judge me', they're really telling you to back off. 

It has come to the point where many sincere Christians have left off speaking the truth because they have been told not to judge. That it isn't nice. That it isn't loving.

Oftentimes we're stuck in the middle of a morality morass where we know the truth inside but aren't sure how to keep from offending people. The truth is that truth will offend but that we are to move toward that truth no matter what. If the light stings our eyes it is because we are feeling the light shine on a dark corner of our heart. It is the same with other people.

And many of us have heard the cries of don't judge me and have responded to it by being ineffective with our truth and negligent in our wielding of the sword of the word of God. We've become mealy-mouthed and complacent, losing our saltiness and dimming the lights on the city on the hill. 

Some people even look for ways to reconcile scripture with the current culture by finding things in the word of God that are clearly not contained within its pages. 

Things like there are many ways to heaven. Or that you can be a gay Christian. 

When we feel push back it is because the people are intent on rushing headlong into God's judgement. It is the word of God they are struggling with. Not us. Telling us not to judge is intended to shame us, and it often works. Our consciences are troubled and we're not sure why we've made everyone upset. We have this idea that Christianity has failed if we haven't made everybody happy. 

Jesus said at Matthew 10:34-35

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn "'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.' 

There will be divisions when preaching the word of God, because everyone must pick what side of His word they are willing to sit on. There is no fence in between. You are either for or against. And when people tell us not to judge, they're telling us to stay out of their way because they are going to do what they are going to do. It's a way of telling you to shut up that is designed to make you feel like you're the one who's done something wrong. 

And it often works. 

As soon as the men told Lot he was acting like he was their judge, the Bible says this:

'And they lunged toward Lot to break down the door.'

What happened next was that the angels pulled Lot back inside the door and struck those outside the door, young and old, with blindness. In the morning the city was consumed with fire and brimstone and the men who had acted wickedly, failing to heed the warnings of righteous Lot, were killed. 

Now they were being judged, and it was by Almighty God. Lot had tried to warn them away from the coming judgment and was told he was acting as their judge. You can almost hear them saying that Lot thought he was better than them. They would not receive the word of warning with humility, but in their pride redoubled their efforts to do wickedly. 

It is a hard thing to warn people away from sin in the days in which we live, but I daresay that what Lot was up against was harder than what most of us face. Let us take him as an example of someone who patiently warned others away from destructive acts even when he was told that he shouldn't judge. Let us love our neighbors enough to tell them the truth. 

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